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Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:11 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit



CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point playoff preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. And as an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:



1. New Orleans Saints (No. 5, NFC, 11-5) @ Seattle Seahawks (No. 4, NFC, 7-9)

The 2010 Saints essentially became the first wild card team in history to get a bye when they drew the matchup against the hapless/fruitless/pathetic/laughabl
e/embarrassing NFC West Champion Seahawks. Seattle can obviously play the “nobody believes in us card”. It’s not even a card to play – it’s more just a fact. But it doesn’t matter because nobody believes in their ability to play the “nobody believes in us card” anyway. And nobody cares if the Seahawks have a chip on their shoulder or something to prove or are out for respect or whatever it is bad teams say before big games. So you say nobody thinks you deserve to be here, Seattle? You’re correct. And all the nobodies are correct, too.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking (On a scale of 5 'Jim Mora Faces')





3. Key Matchup to Watch: Drew Brees & Sean Payton vs. Seahawks D

It’s simple, really: the Seahawks don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Saints. Which is why you can expect the Saints to look to establish a big lead early. Obviously any team would like to establish a big lead early. The difference with New Orleans is that they have a coach who is willing and knows how to do it. The Saints are arguably the best play-scripting team in football. Don’t be surprised if you see 15 different formations in New Orleans’ first 15 plays. Most of those formations will be of the spread variety, given that Drew Brees prefers to get as many weapons as possible involved, and given that New Orleans has all but ignored the run the last three weeks.

Brees will take a keen interest in the Seahawks cornerbacks, neither of whom matches up well with Robert Meachem (expect Meachem to be the No. 1 target given that Marques Colston is questionable after having arthroscopic knee surgery last Tuesday). Kelly Jennings lacks size and Marcus Trufant is inconsistent in deep man-to-man coverage. Seahawks fourth-round rookie Walter Thurmond will also be tempting to pick on, especially if he has to handle the precise route running of Lance Moore.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

If the Saints watch this video sometime during the week, don’t be surprised if Sean Payton, out of support for an angry Reggie Bush (and inside word is Bush is definitely angry) giddily runs up the score on the former USC head coach.



5. The Saints will win if ...

They show up and nothing ridiculous happens.

6. The Seahawks will win if ...

They are on the fortunate end of a fluke turnover (or two…or three) and can gather energy from the home crowd that they don’t deserve to be playing in front of.

7. Prediction: Saints 35, Seahawks 13
Comments

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Kiss the Baby! You suck Andy. At home in that weather guess what? Seahawks will surprise!




Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

As a Saints fan, I think that you are dead-on.  I am terrified of the weather on Saturday in Seattle.  Especially considering both Brees' and Bush's propensities this season for handing the ball to the other team. 

Something tells me that this is going to be a SLOPPY game for both teams.  It would not suprise me to see six or more combined turnovers. 

I'll definitely be knocking back some Abita Ambers during this one.  What will you guys be drinking?



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

My favorite Chris Berman term - "Seattle Seabags"



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Has anyone taken the weather forcast into consideration?Matt started his career in Green Bay,has played in horrible weather in Seatle, Lynch has been in Buffalo.What about Brees and Bush, warm weather dome guys.Factor in the traveling 3 time zone thing and the 12th man, we gotta chance.
Saturday January 8th forcast according to the weather network SNOW AND RAIN



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

You're hearing it now, Seahawks beat the Saints, No Thomas or Ivory, Just saying.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:28 am
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

At least his position is clear.


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